Ten great movies for Halloween

If you love the fun of Halloween you can’t help but love some of the classic Halloween movies. No, we’re not talking about Jason, or Chucky or any of those. But the fun, somewhat more innocent movies that we all love. Or should.

Here, in no particular order, is a list of ten great movies for Halloween. They’re not all officially Halloween stories, but they all have some element of scary.

By no mean is this a list of “best of” movies. Just some favorites.

Young Frankenstein

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An all-time movie favorite. It’s hysterically funny and oh how we miss Madeline Kahn, Marty Feldman, Peter Boyle and, of course, the recently departed Gene Wilder.

Rocky Horror Picture Show

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It’s campy. It’s bawdy. It’s a cult classic. Truth be told after the first 30-45 minutes (after the Time Warp), it can get a little boring. Still, it’s a favorite.

Little Shop of Horrors

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The plant is scary enough, not to mention everyone’s childhood dentist.

Beetlejuice

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Worth it simply for the Banana Boat Song.

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

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It’s not Halloween without this. Sure it was a television special and not a movie. But it’s pure Halloween gold.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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Any of the Harry Potter movies could be on a favorite Halloween list. They’re filled with witches and wizard and all kinds of creatures. We chose this one because of the Death Day Party.

Arachnophobia

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Spiders! Do we have to say anything else?

Sweeney Todd

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How could you not love a movie with Johnny Depp, Alan Rickman and the amazing Helena Bonham Carter. Truth be told, the stage version is far superior, but this is an awesome movie.

Fantasia

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Included for “Night on the Bald Mountain.”

The Birds

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Leave it to Alfred Hitchcock to make birds seem scary. It’s creepy in a fascinating, can’t take your eyes away kind of way. With Tippi Hedren, Suzanne Pleshette, and Jessica Tandy.

Have some favorite Halloween movies? Tell us in the comments.

This post is based on an original 2013 post from The Write Side of My Brain.

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